Resize an array

Submitted by:Jhon Brain

Date added:02 March, 2013

Category:Java

How to resize an array in Java

Tags: array , resize

Code Snippet:

/**
* Reallocates an array with a new size, and copies the contents
* of the old array to the new array.
* @param oldArray the old array, to be reallocated.
* @param newSize the new array size.
* @return A new array with the same contents.
*/
private static Object resizeArray (Object oldArray, int newSize) {
int oldSize = java.lang.reflect.Array.getLength(oldArray);
Class elementType = oldArray.getClass().getComponentType();
Object newArray = java.lang.reflect.Array.newInstance(
elementType, newSize);
int preserveLength = Math.min(oldSize, newSize);
if (preserveLength > 0)
System.arraycopy(oldArray, 0, newArray, 0, preserveLength);
return newArray; }



// Test routine for resizeArray().
public static void main (String[] args) {
int[] a = {1, 2, 3};
a = (int[])resizeArray(a, 5);
a[3] = 4;
a[4] = 5;
for (int i=0; i<a.length; i++)
System.out.println(a[i]); }


How to resize a two-dimensional array

Two-dimensional arrays in Java are arrays of arrays. To resize a two-dimensional array, the resizeArray function must be applied to the outer array and to all the nested arrays.
Example:

int a[][] = new int[2][3];
//...
a = (int[][])resizeArray(a, 20);
// new array is [20][3]
for (int i=0; i<a.length; i++) {
if (a[i] == null)
a[i] = new int[30];
else a[i] = (int[])resizeArray(a[i], 30); }
// new array is [20][30]
 
 

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